State seeks second opinion on welfare study, foster care load

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November 5, 2018 - 11:43 AM

The University of Kansas School of Social Work. Then-KU social work professor Michelle Johnson Motoyama and current KU economist Donna Ginther received a grant to research the effects of safety net policies on child welfare. CREATIVE COMMONS/KCUR.ORG

A University of Kansas study linked tighter welfare rules to a growing foster care load.

The state agency overseeing those programs backed those same new rules. Now, it’s hired a research team to question the findings of the KU study.

A team headed by University of Maryland professor Douglas Besharov — who once worked for a conservative think tank and who’s written in support of welfare reform — has been reviewing KU’s research.

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